John Simpson

Principal at Shift Law
Ranked in Canada
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The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practitioners and has firmly established itself as the definitive 'go-to' resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise.

Silver - Individuals: enforcement and litigation

John Simpson's Profile

John Simpson is known by his patrons and peers for his depth of knowledge in trademark and copyright law, for his dedication to client service and for his creative solutions to challenging legal problems.

Mr Simpson's litigation practice focuses on trademark and copyright infringement cases, in which he has considerable experience acting for both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of industries. He has appeared on behalf of clients in the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Ontario Superior Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Trademarks Opposition Board. He has also helped his clients to reach favourable settlements in proceedings before each of these forums.

In his trademark advisory and prosecution practice, Mr Simpson helps to identify, develop and protect their trademark assets and to avoid conflicts with others’ trademark rights in Canada and the United States. He has a network of colleagues around the world to whom he can connect his clients for their trademark needs outside of North America.

Mr Simpson obtained his bachelor's in law from the University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law where he was one of the original graduates of the information and technology law programme in 2003. While at law school, hereceived numerous awards and prizes for legal writing and advocacy in the area of intellectual property.

Before attending law school, Mr Simpson worked in the Canadian book and magazine publishing industry and, prior to that, he studied philosophy and political theory in Halifax and in New York City.

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